Government approved Perak River water channeling project to the Bukit Merah Dam

By Balqis Jazimah Zahari
Photo & sources: Pejabat SUK

BAGAN SERAI: Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, announced an allocation of approximately RM4 billion for the implementation of a raw water supply project from Sungai Perak to Bukit Merah Dam in Kerian, with part of it to be used for treated water supply to Penang.

Anwar made the announcement during the launching ceremony of the Integrated Green Industrial Park Plan for Kerian (KIGIP) at Dewan Dato’ Zainal Abidin Zin, Jalan Alor Pongsu, here.

Anwar said the Federal Government has agreed in principle to approve the allocation.

“This project must be prioritized for the people of Northern Perak and Seberang Perai as it is a long-term solution.

“According to studies conducted, if water supply in Perak is managed properly, it can solve two issues, namely flooding and water supply needs.

“Therefore, the water supply from Sungai Perak is not only sufficient but exceeds requirements,” he said.

At the same time, the Perak State Government also intends to propose the construction of a new exit ramp from KIGIP to the PLUS Highway, estimated to cost RM60 million and equipped with prayer facilities and restrooms.

Menteri Besar Perak, Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad, announced this during his welcoming speech at the event.

“The proposed location is approximately 3.6 kilometers from the Alor Pongsu Toll Plaza northward and it will serve as the main gateway to KIGIP.

“This construction will benefit residents in nearby areas such as Bagan Serai, Kampung Sungai Bogak, Kampung Tali Air, and Pekan Simpang Lima,” he said.

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